Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sharing Photos

OK, so I found some photos to share. Thank you to those of you who keep asking.  :)  It is fun to share our life with friends and family.

Our engagement rings.  The Alexandrite stone is one we both love! Here it looked purple, as it did earlier at my desk. Now the light has changed enough that glancing down at my finger shows a deep sapphire color.
I love this ring!

Here are some photos from the VA appraisal of what will hopefully soon be our new home!

Front of sits on a hill so is a big difficult to get a non-distorted angle in a picture.

Back of house.

My favorite room!

The pool that is barely visible is an above-ground pool, and is ours. :)  We asked current owners to either tear it down or fix it up. They are fixing it up. We figure it is a sign we need to take up swimming and get in shape.  We have let our "celebrating a new relationship" ways add too much weight and not enough exercise!

The next big adventure that I will hopefully post about as it happens will be our cross-country drive to bring Vicki's Prius out here.  That should happen the first week of July. Stay-tuned!

Life Keeps Rolling Along!

Wow...I cannot believe how long it has been since I posted.  I guess like so many others, when life is good and busy, there is far less time and interest in posting. Still, this blog was such a part of my life for so many years, I am not sure that I want to give it up. Perhaps, in time, it will shift into something new and serve a new purpose. I don't know.

Let's see...I note that I had promised pictures and info about "the ring." I tried to get a few good photos but have not had the best of luck. Let me go back on my phone and see if there are any postworthy.  The rings, which match, are white gold with a gorgeous Alexandrite stone.....This is the most beautiful gem I have ever seen and just recently learned about it. Depending on the light, one would swear it was a sapphire, or a ruby, or an emerald, or some unnamed turquoise-colored gem.  The color literally changes depending on the light. Right now, at my desk, it is a deep purple with a few blue highlight.  Eventually, we will probably have custom work done to put the stones into a more complex settings for the acually wedding rings.  For now, these are wonderful, and it is nice to have as a symbol of our love.

What else? We put in a bid and lost one house, but that was the Universe watching out for us! The next week, or so, we looked at an even better house with better property that had been on the market long enough that the owners were quite eager to sell and had dropped the price considerably from where they started.  In fact, they dropped it right into our price range! We may close as early as next week!  It is a beautiful 4-bedroom house on 2 acres very close to where the kids will be living.  Again...I don't have much in the way of pictures, but I will dig around through what I have and see what might be postworthy.

We have both been going through lots of old paperwork, trying to clear up old and forgotten credit cards, universal life insurance vs term life insurance policies, and all the financial paperwork that seems to come with adulthood. Sometimes it is so much to think about! 

Vicki and I have been living in what in many ways has been a state of limbo for over two years....knowing we were moving forward, living in temporary places, most of her belongings in storage, and after a while, that stress starts taking a toll.  We have both grown tired of it and are so ready to settle in to "our" life. Now, if all goes as planned by mid-July, all of her belongings will be in our new house, her beloved Prius will be parked in the garage ready to assist in my daily commute to work, the kids will each have their own room, and Vicki her own office, and we can begin building a life in what hopefully will be our happy, stable home for many, many years to come!